Sunday, August 20, 2017

President Thomas S. Monson on enduring in faithfulness to the end

President Thomas S. Monson (b. August 21, 1927) was sustained to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 1963. He served as a counselor in the First Presidency with Presidents Benson, Hunter, and Hinckley before becoming Church president in 2008.
"How blessed we are to have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. It provides answers to questions concerning where we came from, why we are here, and where we will go when we pass from this life. It provides meaning and purpose and hope to our lives.
"We live in a troubled world, a world of many challenges. We are here on this earth to deal with our individual challenges to the best of our ability, to learn from them, and to overcome them. Endure to the end we must, for our goal is eternal life in the presence of our Father in Heaven. He loves us and wants nothing more than for us to succeed in this goal. He will help us and bless us as we call upon Him in our prayers, as we study His words, and as we obey His commandments. Therein is found safety; therein is found peace."
- Thomas S. Monson, "Till We Meet Again," General Conference, October 2010
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President Monson has always been gracious in acknowledging God's blessings, as he does here; and in acknowledging the blessings and power in a righteous, faithful life. The gospel provides hope, it gives us answers to critical life questions, and it establishes the meaning and purpose of our very existence.

In spite of the challenges and confusion of the world, President Monson encourages us to hold on in faithfulness and to "endure to the end" as committed disciples:

What a marvelous example President Monson himself has shared as he faithfully has endured in service to God and to the Church for decades. Surely he has been blessed and sustained, and has found the safety and peace he promises each of us.

(Compilation and commentary by David Kenison, Orem, Utah, 2017)

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